Premier League 2019/20: 3 players who would benefit from a transfer in January
The January transfer window is slowly creeping towards us, and for a handful of Premier League players, it could be the window that resurrects – or breaks – their careers. Younger prospects might be looking at potential loan moves during the window to give them valuable experience, but for some older players, perhaps a permanent deal could be better.
The following players – for various reasons – simply haven’t been used a lot at all by their clubs this season, and with all of them not likely to have too many years left at the top, it’s probably a good idea for them to attempt to find a move as soon as possible.
Here are 3 players who could benefit from a transfer this January:
#3 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)
It seems bizarre to think that it was only just over three years ago that Arsenal parted with more than £35 million to bring German defender Shkodran Mustafi to the Emirates Stadium. At the time Mustafi was coming off a strong showing for Germany in Euro 2016, and it was hoped that his arrival could shore up the Gunners’ defence.
Unfortunately for both the player and the club, that hasn’t been the case. Mustafi’s Arsenal career has never really gotten going, and the latter stages of the 2018/19 season saw him make some catastrophic defensive errors – most notably in the Gunners’ April loss to Crystal Palace – that had fans tearing their hair out, with some even blaming him solely for their team’s failure to make the Champions League.
Evidently, Arsenal boss Unai Emery appears to feel the same way; the Spaniard has ruthlessly cut Mustafi out of his Premier League plans, with the German not featuring even for a solitary minute in the league, despite appearing in the EFL Cup and Europa League. And given the Gunners’ defence hasn’t looked great in the league, it says a lot that Mustafi hasn’t been considered even after 13 games.
But is he as bad as some make out? In all honesty, probably not; admittedly, the German isn’t good enough for a team chasing Champions League qualification, but a lower-end club in the Premier League, or in Europe for that matter, would probably love to call upon his services. With that in mind, surely a January transfer for the centre-back is a no-brainer.